Chrysler previews next-generation cabin technology at CES 2023

Chrysler will use the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, which begins Jan. 5 in Las Vegas, to preview the new vehicle technology it may introduce in its future electric offerings.

The automaker will unveil the Synthesis, a cabin concept that integrates AI-powered software systems from parent company Stellantis along with sustainable materials.

The software systems were first announced in late 2021 and include STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit and STLA AutoDrive. Chrysler will be the first North American brand in the Stellantis network to offer the systems. They are expected to be offered in Chrysler’s first electric vehicle, due out in 2025. Chrysler showed off the Airflow concept at CES 2022 as a preview of what its electric vehicles could look like.

The STLA Brain is the backend, essentially the hardware and software components that support elements that the occupants will experience, in this case the STLA SmartCockpit interface and the STLA AutoDrive self-driving functions.

Chrysler synthesis cockpit concept

Chrysler synthesis cockpit concept

In the synthesis, the STLA SmartCockpit includes 37.2 inch screen area for infotainment. There’s also an AI that “learns” the owner’s preferences over time, which helps make the user experience more intuitive. A virtual personal assistant is also present and can sync the owner’s home, work and personal digital devices to provide maximum connectivity.

The STLA AutoDrive in the Synthesis is said to offer Level 3 self-propelling capability, meaning hands-free, eyes-free operation is possible under certain conditions, although the Synthesis is a cab concept only and therefore cannot actually move.

Finally, the concept also features sustainable materials that Chrysler may use in future products. Examples include recycled plastics and organic-based tanning solutions, and Chrysler also notes that no chromium is used.

Chrysler describes the Synthesis as a demonstrator, and that’s because the concept can simulate the cabin experience of an actual vehicle. For example, it can provide a welcome sequence for startups and plan an outing for the day. It can show how the self-driving functions work, including finding free parking spaces and charging ports. The proposed cabin also offers something called the Synthesis Music Experience, which can allow an occupant to create their own music, as well as meditation, karaoke, and DJ gaming experiences.